The Australia Times Fashion Vol. 3 Issue 9 “Fashion Flat Lay for Beginners”

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A 10 Step Guide to the Fashion #Flatlay

A quick search on Instagram for #flatlay will give you over 300 thousand posts of people artfully capturing their daily lives and new materialistic loves in a square image carefully curated to be both pleasing to the eye and envy-inducing. However, the fashion flat lay documenting your outfit of the day or recent purchases isn’t as easy as it comes off to be, below is the top 10 things to remember when creating a fashion flat lay.

  1. The flat lay should communicate your personal style, so experiment with backgrounds, such as an all white background or floor boards, and play around with colour, texture and patterns.
  1. Pick a theme and stick to it. If you’re trying to create the perfect poolside flat lay, use sunnies, a bikini, hat and summer themed magazine cover. Alternatively, if its an #OOTD post stick to your outfit, accessories and shoes.
  1. Always build your flat lay around the biggest, most striking piece and place it either in the centre of your arrangement or to the side, and build from that item.
  1. Balance is key. Try to offset big items with small details, bright colours with less eye catching and light with dark. You want the image to feel calm and aesthetically pleasing, not screaming at the viewer ‘LOOK AT ME!’.
  1. Make sure clothes are neatly folded when photographing them and use the shapes they create to help define your dimensions.
  1. Speaking of dimensions, keep your flay lay square, so it’s in proportion and ready to be ‘grammed.
  1. Consider layering items, such as a necklace on top of a shirt, or sunnies thrown on top of a bikini.
  1. Use negative space and leave breathing room between the items in your image, we want to avoid clutter and create the feeling of calm, organised chaos.
  1. Utilise natural light when taking a flat lay photo, you want to eliminate shadows and portray the true colours of your items. Try setting up near a window or outside in the sunlight.
  1. Finally, always photograph from above. This generally means setting up on the floor or equally low surface in order for your image to have the perfect birds-eye-view of the show. Use a step stool if you must!

‘The Essential Do’s and Don’ts of Travelling to Cambodia’ The Australia Times Travel Mag Vol.3 Issue.8

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While Cambodia is a country suffering from poverty, pervasive corruption and political unrest, it’s also a uniquely beautiful developing country with a dark, recent past. While these socio-political problems remain at the forefront of Cambodia’s to-do list, they are rarely seen by the average tourist. The Khmer people are generally friendly and inviting, the food is amazing and the markets enjoyable. The weather is warm, the accommodation and tourist hot-spots cheap, and it’s rich with history. Officially known as The Kingdom of Cambodia, the native language is Khmer and the most widespread religion practiced by around 95% of its people is Theravada Buddhism. This southeast Asian country spans low lying plains, Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline. The Capital city is Phnom Penh, however Cambodia most famous monument lies in just outside Siem Reap, the Angkor Archeological Complex.

DON’T spend all your money on silk scarves and garments at the markets. Silk is one of Cambodia’s main trades and exports.

DO visit the silk farm outside Siem Reap, Artisans Angkor, to learn about the process and buy handmade keepsakes. They also have a few small boutiques spotted around Siem Reap and Phnom Penh.

DO respect their culture. Cambodians are a modest people and as such when visiting religious sites you will be required to dress modestly.

DON’T wear short-shorts or skimpy tops, while the bigger tourist-driven cities are more progressive, you may still attract unwanted attention from Khmer men and pointed whispers from the women.

DO take a walk beside the Mekong River on Sisowath Quay. A busy hub in Phnom Penh filled with restaurants, bars and shops that will eventually lead you to sightseeing hotspots such as The Royal Palace, The Silver Pagoda and The National Museum. If your looking for somewhere to have a fancy drink, you will also find the Foreign Correspondents Club or FCC, at 363 Sisowath Quay.

DON’T touch stray animals, rabies is a proper problem here, so get your shots.

DO make friends with a trustworthy tuk-tuk driver and make him your regular guy. They know the city well and if they like you, will warn you when a place or person seems fishy. Most Importantly, employ him for the day to take you around the Angkor Archeological Complex, without a tuk-tuk it’s almost impossible to cover the entire complex in 1-2 days.

DON’T give money to the children begging on the streets or buy things from them. Most often these children have been sent to beg rather than going to school by their parents. Friends International is one of many organisations trying to help these children, donate to them instead.

DO spend time visiting the markets in Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, such as Central Market characterised by its art deco building, the Russian Market and The Angkor Night Market in Siem Reap.

DON’T be rude or lose your temper, this is called losing face and will never end well for you.

DO take a walk along Street 240 in Phnom Penh, an up and coming area not far from Sisowath Quay characterised by its cute cafes, boutiques and restaurants.

DON’T engage in gambling or other questionable street activity, police corruption here is hidden but prevalent, as are muggings.

DO get a Khmer massage

DON’T be careless with your money, pickpockets are rife here.

DO visit the killing fields of Choeung Ek for a heartbreaking history lesson, or the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, both in Phnom Penh. Although, this particular history lesson is to for the soft hearted.

DON’T waste time at the smaller, less important pagodas or ‘temples’ if you’re pressed for time. Stick to the Angkor Complex, The Royal Palace, The Silver Pagoda, Sisowath Quay, Street 240

and Pub Street to get a brief, yet illuminating look into Cambodia’s most touristy cities.

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‘Skinny Me Tea Detox Review’ The Australia Times Fashion Vol.3 No.8′

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Teatoxes have had quite a moment in the limelight, with bloggers and insta-famous individuals creating gorgeous flat lays using their tea and claiming a tea detox was exactly what they needed to get back on track. In recent years the fashion world has seen a crossover with the health and wellness sector, going to the gym and eating clean has never been so fashionable.

SkinnyMeTea is an Australian company who developed teas to assist with weightloss, reduce bloating, reduce water retention and cleanse the body of metabolic waste and free radicals, and have sold to over 300,000 people. With 405K followers on instagram and a blog dedicated to health tips, SkinnyMeTea is one of the biggest companies flogging the trend, so does it work?

The 14 day detox consists of drinking a ‘Morning Cleanse’ loose leaf tea in the AM and an instant ‘Evening Cleanse’ tea in the PM. The website and packaging warn that incorrect or extended use of the detox tea can result in intestinal cramping, dehydration, tummy upsets and, in worst case scenario, dependancy upon the teas for normal digestive function.

The 14 day detox was an effective booster to my health kick, and that’s how I would describe a teatox. I combined by two-week cleanse with mostly vegetarian, portion controlled meals and drank as much water and green tea as possible to keep hydrated. This combination seemed to work effectively with the tea and, for me, resulted in reduced bloating, reduced digestive discomfort, lessened hunger and sugar cravings and aided in kickstarting weightloss.

While this tea is marketed as a weightloss and wellness aid, I would describe it more as a booster, helping you to kickstart your health and get your metabolism going, rather than a long term solution. Keeping that in mind, the tea was then effective and I experienced very little side effects after the first three days. Water consumption is incredibly important. I give it a 7/10 based on it being an effective health booster, but it isn’t exactly the weightless champion its marketed as.

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The Australia Times Travel Mag Vol. 3 No.7 ‘What Travel Teaches You’

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There’s a saying that’s overused, yet still irrevocably true – travel is the only thing you can buy, that will make you richer. Holidays are about fun, enjoying yourself and seeing things you can’t see anywhere else, taking a break from life. However, travelling is also about experiences, experiencing different cultures, religions, traditions and people. Encountering environments and cityscapes that exist only in a particular geographical location, whose energy and atmosphere are so specific to the location that it becomes obvious such a destination couldn’t exist anywhere else. Travelling offers an education unobtainable even from the most distinguished of institutions, this is what it can teach you…

ABOUT LIFE:

When you travel to different parts of the world you immerse yourself into different cultures, religions, traditions and trends, all of which you have respect for because wherever you are, you’re the foreigner. This will teach you acceptance and understanding, the ability to understand a different demographic of people and accept them for who they are and what culture they’ve come from. This in turn will eliminate racism from your mindset, and prejudice against beliefs.

When you travel, things don’t always go according to plan, but because you’re in a different place on a possibly once-in-a-lifetime holiday, you make the best of the situation and move on. This translates to your life, you only have once chance, you may as well make the best of it and every situation that occurs throughout.

ABOUT PEOPLE:

There are many different social and political environments across the world, not to mention environments and living conditions. As you travel you can experience these differences, witness true homelessness and poverty, or on the flip side, true splendour. Whatever the case may be, you will soon learn gratitude and be thankful for your government, your public health system, the roof over your head and the shoes beneath your feet. Ultimately, there will always be someone worse off than you, and this is humbling. However, among these locations you will be met with smiling faces and welcoming attitudes, and soon learn that people are, generally, good. You will also find that no matter where you are, rich or poor, everyone wants the same things. Love, family, and culturally relevant success. Faith in humanity can be restored.

ABOUT THINGS:

When you travel you live out of a suitcase with nothing but the necessities and your favourite items of clothing and toiletries. What you will learn from this is that we humans don’t need a lot of things, materialistic things won’t make you happy and neither does clutter. As such, a seasoned traveller might find oneself partial to the minimalist trend, keep only what you need, what you love, and what brings you joy.

ABOUT YOURSELF:

The most important thing travel will teach you, is who you are. After being exposed to the differences across the globe, you soon find that your opinions and values become more solidified. You realise that if you can navigate an entire city in Asia that has no discernible public transport system, you can do anything. You will soon find yourself more open minded and accepting of change, accepting of challenges. You become resilient, self-sufficient and strong, because you know that no matter how hard things get, someone, somewhere, is either struggling the same as you, or worse. The world is a big place but the human condition unites us all.

People talk about culture shock when travelling to places significantly different from our homes, but the real culture shock comes when we return from our adventures and suddenly see our own culture for what it is, not for what we’ve been led to believe and that, is one of the greatest gifts of all, to see our own homes and lives through fresh, excited eyes.

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What the editor said: 

Travel is an experience like no other – and that experience is something that can never be taken from you. In this month’s Travel Mag, writer Laura Barry reflects on ‘What Travel Teaches You’. There’s nothing like experiencing foreign cultures and customs – totally immersing yourself – to teach you about the ways of the world, and leave you with a profound respect for life. We are all global citizens. A great article, Laura – and one that has left me itching to jump on a plane… 

Kelly Sargent, Chief-of-Staff

How to Rework Your Summer Staples for Every Season – The Australia Times Fashion Mag vol. 3 Issue 7

TAT Fashion Vol. 3 Issue 7
TAT Fashion Vol. 3 Issue 7

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How to Re-Work Your Summer Staples for Every Season 

Four times a year the fashion world re-works their wardrobe (and urges you to do the same) in order to cater to the current season, whether that be summer sun or winter chills. However, they generally fail to mention the associated costs with creating a new wardrobe for each specific change of weather. For the average gal (or guy) on a budget, this just isn’t feasible, here is a quick run down on how to wear your summer favourites all year round, and save some coin by only investing in a few game-changing pieces like a coat, boots and a snuggly knit.

DRESSES: 

For the body-con dress lover, channel Kimmy K and layer like a boss. Think long cardigans layered under a coat of similar length and a scarf with ankle boots, this look works well with a midi length.

For the lightweight flirty, floral fit and flare dress lover, look to Alexa Chung and turn your dress into a skirt by layering a knit over it and pairing the outfit with opaque tights and ankle boots, a nod to the preppy/pretty punk trends.

If shift dresses are more your thing, then go retro and utilise this winters tendency towards the 60s and 70s trend. Think like Twiggy or Edie and wear opaques and a turtleneck under your shift dress, with brogues or loafers.

LIGHT WEIGHT TOPS:

wearing a light weight top in winter is all about smart, sneaky layering. Invest in underwear such as camp’s and tanks you can discreetly wear underneath, then look towards cardigans and jumpers made from textiles such as wool, cashmere and and angora for warmth without the bulk.

SKIRTS & SHORTS: 

These items can be a little tricky, but when you’re unsure how to work you’re denim cut-offs in winter, look towards Tash and Elle Sefton of style blog TheyAllHateUs. Go preppy and wear shirts under bulky knits with your shorts or think punk and wear opaques underneath with ankle boots and a biker jacket. Keep in mind if you’ve got your pins exposed to the elements make sure you keep everything else rugged up.

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Frank Body Face Range Review The Australia Times Fashion Mag Vol. 3 Issue 7

A little while ago a small Australian-owned coffee-based body scrub blew up on social media. Everyone with an internet connection went mad over Frank Body coffee scrub, an entirely natural cure-all for everything from cellulite and stretch marks to psoriasis and eczema. A quick look at Instagram today reveals over 100,000 images tagged under #letsbefrank or #thefrankeffect, the brands claims proven by a loyal following of smooth-skinned babes or ‘frankfurts’.

Since then, the Melbourne based brand has developed a facial skincare range comprising a cream cleanser, scrub and daily moisturiser. Utilising ingredients such as green coffee bean extract, charcoal, white clay, marshmallow root, coconut, almond and grape seed oils, the line is entirely natural and tested only on ‘babes’. Free from parabens, PEGS, phthalates, sulphates, silicones, mineral oil, glycols, DEA and TEA, Frank Body products are perfect for sensitive and dry skin types.

The creamy face cleanser is silvery-grey in colour and applies to the skin like liquid silk, smooth and gentle. Although a little thin in consistency, after two applications the cleanser removes all makeup and seems to assist in reducing redness and irritations or inflammations on the face. It comes in a super cute and efficient pump pack, making it easy to control how much is used, a good product that delivers, earning a solid 7/10.

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‘Konmari and the Capsule Wardrobe’ in The Australia Times Fashion Mag vol.3 no.6

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konmari and the capsule wardrobe

TAT Fashion Mag vol.3 no.6 pp 44-45

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The capsule wardrobe is a minimalist lifestyle movement endorsed by celebrities, bloggers and stylists alike. The concept of whittling down ones closet to a small number of specifically chosen items that fit the season, are practical and are mix-and-match-able. It could be argued that the minimalist lifestyle choice is a response to consumerism and fast fashion, an attempt to remove the materialistic and trend-driven aspect of fashion or style, and replace it with a carefully curated, high-quality yet practical selection of necessities rather than wants.

The capsule wardrobe has become popular for its practicality, it de-clutters your wardrobe and makes dressing in minutes a breeze as you can evaluate all of your options in a matter of seconds. It forces creativity in order to make something new from the same selection of items, and in doing so forces you to define and understand their personal style. Furthermore, knowing that you only have room for a select few items each season cuts down on spending, frivolous and emotional shopping, which means less buyers remorse and more money and time for more important things.

Ultimately, the capsule wardrobe falls into the minimalist lifestyle motto that less is more, and that we, as humans, should spend our time, money and energy undertaking more meaningful things in life rather than agonising over the minutiae. It should come as no surprise then, that Marie Kondo’s book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of De-Cluttering and Organizing’ has become a #1 New York Times Bestseller and her method, dubbed KonMari, has taken over the world quicker than zombies in The Walking Dead, and has integrated fully into the minimalist fashion scene.

The KonMari Method dictates that you should only keep things that spark joy inside of you, and remove all others from your life. She writes that all things have energy, similar to the Japanese practice of Reiki, healing through energy and touch, Kondo believes by touching an item you can impart an energy on it, or it can tell you when something is wrong. Since the books release the method has gone viral online with wardrobe/KonMari hybrid projects popping up across Tumblr, Pinterest, blogs, Youtube and even the Huffington Post.

So, without further ado, here’s a beginners guide to de-cluttering your wardrobe and possibly creating a capsule collection using the KonMari Method.

Step 1. KonMari Method suggests going through everything you own in groups. Eg, dump all your clothes on the floor at once. Then move onto shoes, jewellery, accessories, linen, books, the group list is endless.

Step 2. Pick each item up and think about whether or not this item sparks joy inside of you? If you aren’t particularly emotionally attached to your clothes, try questions like – does this still serve its purpose? is it on high rotation? how do I feel when I wear it?

Step 3. If it sparks joy – keep it. If not, KonMari Method suggests thanking that item for the role it played in your life, then toss it.

Step 4. Organise your closet, hang all items that you feel would be ‘happier’ hung, and fold all items and place into drawer in such a way that you can see everything. If you’re particularly keen to follow the KonMari wardrobe method, pop onto youtube and do a quick ‘KonMari’ search for endless tutorials on folding her way.

Visit Marie Kondo’s website HERE.